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January 19, 2006

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AFSister

Wow! Firsties!

I can't say I've ever been deployed for a year, but I *can* say I understand a bit of what you're going through, on several levels.

I have a VERY good friend who has been back from AFG for about 9 months now, and he misses it every day. He loved it there. The scenery, the people, the mission- absolutely loved it. He would love to go back someday. Perhaps you'll both have that chance.

I'm in Red Cross, and when I go on national disaster assignments it's only for about 2 weeks. It's a short time, but it's extremely intense. I cried the whole way home from Florida after my tour with Hurricane Andrew was over. I wasn't crying because it was such a hard job- I was crying because I felt like the job wasn't over yet, and I wanted to be there to finish it up. I wanted to know how things turned out for the clients I met. I liken it to survivor guilt. You get attached to the place and the people and the job- no matter how hard it is- and you hate to leave without knowing it's truly done.

I know you'll keep up on the war efforts through Soldier contacts and blogs, so you'll find some relief there. Writing, as you know, is an awesome outlet as well. None of your civilian friends will "get it", so rely upon the guys you've been deployed with. Only those who have truly "been there and done that" will be able to understand what you're going through.

I'm sure you know all of this already, so I'm probably preaching to the choir here, but I wanted to let you know it's something experienced by anyone in extreme circumstances, like war or disaster recovery.

Can't wait to hear you are home!!!!

SK

I seriously doubt that you will hesitate when the time comes to leave, but if you do, someone will give you the needed shove;)

The Sniper

I suppose all of you in Afghanistan have at least had the chance to experience truly meaningful work. You have done a lot to change lives over there.

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